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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Ravens center Matt Birk, a Minnesota native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night before the Orioles faced the Twins at Target Field . Birk also took part in a pregame Pepsi home run contest. Birk came in second, hitting two softballs over the wall (from a center field plate). The Twins mascot, T.C., won. Birk, 36, retired from football after helping the Ravens to the Super Bowl title this year. His former teammate Haloti Ngata threw out the first pitch at a game at Camden Yards earlier this week .
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
With two passionate fist pumps Saturday evening, Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain punctuated an evening when he swung nearly every big moment in a tense 4-hour, 17-minute game in his team's direction. The first celebration came after his final running catch of the night kept the game tied. The second, two innings later, came after his fourth hit of the night helped ensure his Royals would head back to Kansas City with a 6-4 win and a two-game lead in the American League Championship Series.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey threw out the first pitch at the Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on July 14. Spacey Tweeted about his pitch: "Jim Johnson @Orioles signed the ball I threw & gave me one of his gloves! Awesome gift. I threw a strike!" And, on his pre-game nerves: "About to throw out the first pitch for the @Orioles hopefully Its [sic] not the worst pitch ever. " The actor is in Baltimore filming the Netflix original series "House of Cards. " • The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 7-4. Read more about the game.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
First sustained cheer of the night: 7:12 p.m., as the grounds crew pulls back the tarp that had covered the field all day. Player introductions begin: 7:47 p.m. The orange towels begin waving with the introduction of longtime trainer Richie Bancells. Injured catcher Matt Wieters receives a pretty loud ovation, but the biggest - and most sustained - cheers go to Buck Showalter, who comes out with a Gary Williams-like fist pump. Among the players, it sounds as if Nick Markakis gets the loudest ovation coming out of the dugout.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
In a life dedicated to overcoming -- or, better yet, ignoring -- the obstacles presented by being born without arms or hands, Tom Willis will be adding another milestone tonight. He'll be throwing out the first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with his feet. "Who says you need hands to pitch?" Willis asks. "Every little boy who picks up a baseball dreams of some day playing on a professional team in a professional stadium. As a child I shared that same dream. My disability, however, made that dream impossible.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
When Erika Brannock was a guest of the Orioles during a game at Camden Yards last June, she was still in a wheelchair but vowed to return in 2014 to throw out a first pitch before a game. Less than a year after the 29-year-old Brannock lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Towson preschool teacher is now walking with prosthesis. Before the Orioles' game vs. the Red Sox on Thusday -- with the aid of a walker -- she threw out the first pitch to her favorite Oriole, first baseman Chris Davis.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
When he steps on the field at Camden Yards Monday to throw out the first pitch, Earl Weaver will do it without warm-ups. At 80, one doesn't mess with one's right arm. "If I've got one throw left in me, I'm gonna to save it for the game," said Weaver, the Orioles' Hall of Fame manager. The Orioles tabbed the popular Weaver to christen their home opener against the Detroit Tigers, hoping the club's storied past might rub off on current players. The foxy, feisty octogenarian managed Baltimore for 17 seasons, during which his teams won four American League pennants and a world championship in 1970.
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April 3, 1996
Indians: The crowd of 42,289 was the largest for a regular-season game at Jacobs Field and represented the 53rd straight sellout. All of Cleveland's home games this year are sold out. . . . Manager Mike Hargrove threw out the ceremonial first pitch, subbing for Dave Winfield. Winfield, who retired after spending last season with Cleveland, was to have thrown out the first pitch Monday, but had a commitment yesterday in Seattle that kept him from staying over after snow postponed the opener.
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June 21, 2006
HOUSTON -- Justin Morneau led off the 10th with a home run, and Minnesota extended its winning streak to eight games. Morneau hit his 17th homer to left-center on the first pitch from Trever Miller (0-2).
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
FREDERICK - In Manny Machado's long-awaited first minor league rehab game, he looked much like the burgeoning superstar he was before offseason surgery on his left knee. Playing his first minor league rehab game Friday night for the Orioles' high Class-A affiliate in Frederick, Machado had to wait through a 62-minute rain delay that prompted the Orioles to move the Gold Glove winner from third base to designated hitter because of the wet field. But when Machado stepped to the plate in an actual game for the first time since his season ended prematurely last September, the All-Star picked up where he left off, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Player introductions begin at 5:15: Predictably, biggest ovations for Buck Showalter, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz. First ball ceremony: Interesting first ball ceremony. Manny Machado, who was lost for the season with a knee injury in August, throws ceremonial first pitch to Matt Wieters, who missed five months of the season with an elbow injury. National Anthem: Rolando Sanz delivers terrific rendition. Shockingly, fans shout "O!" at just the right moment.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
With the Kansas City Royals' thrilling, 12-inning victory in the American League wild-card playoff game early this morning, the start time for the Orioles' first game of the divisional playoffs has been set. The O's will play the Detroit Tigers at 5:37 p.m. Thursday at Camden Yards. The game would have started a half hour later had the Oakland A's won the wild-card game. The Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the mound in Game 1 against 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
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August 24, 2014
For the 16th time this season, the Aberdeen IronBirds lost a one-run game Sunday, 3-2, in 10 innings to the Lowell Spinners, who took two of three from the IronBirds over the weekend. Aberdeen (22-45) begins its final week of the season Monday at Hudson Valley. The IronBirds play three at Hudson Valley and three more at Lowell to conclude its road season. Aberdeen will be back at Ripken Stadium Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 with two games against Hudson Valley. The Spinners wasted no time getting to Aberdeen starter Matthew Grimes.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent the first pitch he saw Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels over the center-field wall in the first inning for a two-run home run. It was Jones' 21st home run of the season -- 11 of which have come in the first inning, the most in the major leagues. It's also the most by an Orioles player since Brady Anderson hit 13 in 1996. “Cool,” Jones said. “That's my only answer to it. ... I just play the game.” Jones also hit a first-inning homer Tuesday night off the Angels' Jered Weaver to tie the game at 1. The Orioles ultimately won that game, 7-6, in 12 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about how difficult it is to get a reliever back into a routine after the All-Star break. “It's always a tough time because you have bullpen guys who have had six, seven days off, and you're trying to get everybody back in the flow,” Showalter said. “It's hard. You don't even have this in the start of the season because you try to make sure everybody's got a couple days off, but not too many days off. This is always a tough time for bullpens around baseball, getting them in the flow.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
The New York Yankees typically are known as a patient team at the plate, one that works counts and fouls off pitches to extend opponents' pitch counts. Not so in the Orioles' 3-2, walk-off win in 10 innings Friday night at Camden Yards. Make no mistake: These aren't the Bronx Bombers of old. Yangervis Solarte and Kelly Johnson don't necessarily strike the same fear into opposing pitchers as the sluggers who used to be in the Yankees' lineup. Even veterans known to work counts, such as former Oriole Brian Roberts and Ichiro Suzuki, seemed to be more swing-happy at Camden Yards on Friday night.
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November 29, 1995
What: Tickets for the Orioles' 1996 home games go on sale Saturday, Dec. 9 at the "First Pitch of '96" at Camden Yards.When: Ticket windows will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Where: More than 30 terminals will be open at the Orioles box office and at Pastimes Cafe on the Eutaw Street corridor to process ticket orders. Orioles tickets may also be purchased beginning Dec. 9 through all TicketMaster outlets or TicketMaster phone charge at (410) 481-SEAT.Other attractions: There also will be entertainment, concessions, photos for kids and an appearance by "Santa Bird."
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October 2, 1990
The Orioles may ask former President Richard M. Nixon to throw out the first pitch of the last home opener at Memorial Stadium next year."It's not outside the realm of possibility," Orioles PR director Rick Vaughn said.Nixon threw out the first pitch of the first Memorial Stadium home opener as vice president in 1954.Team officials said the Nixon toss is just one of several possible promotions for the last union of the Orioles and the Great Lady of 33rd Street. The Orioles themselves may wear some sort of commemorative logo on their uniforms.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Tonight's Orioles-Texas Rangers game has a tentative start time of 8 p.m.  - and a new starting pitcher. The Rangers have scratched their ace, right-hander Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA), and replaced him with right-hander Scott Baker (0-1, 5.80 ERA). The Rangers didn't want Darvish to begin his start, only to have it end prematurely because of rain. So Darvish's start likely will be pushed back until Friday, against the New York Mets. At least there will be a game tonight.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
If you're looking for consolation after what had to feel like the most devastating loss of the season Friday night, you might want to consider that the Orioles had no business even being in the game in the ninth inning. They didn't get a hit until the sixth inning, and when they did generate scoring opportunities in the late innings, they didn't do very much with them. But let's be honest, Ubaldo Jimenez should have driven right to Atlantic City after he left the game. He struggled with his control throughout and walked the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning before Mark Teixeira inexplicably lunged at the first pitch and rescued him with a groundout to first base.
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